Lifestyles and Ethical Values to Sustain Salmon and Ourselves
Jack E. Williams and Edwin P. Pister
Imagine you live in harmony with your surroundings. You are in touch with the land around you. Your family grows much of your own food or participates in a community-supported agriculture program, ever mindful of the healthfulness that comes from fruits and vegetables that are grown without chemical additives. You have given up the quest for a flat, perpetually fertilized and homogenized lawn and have instead planted native grasses, bushes, and trees that, because they are adapted to your environment, require little additional water or fertilizer beyond what they receive naturally. Because your property has gone native, it is good habitat for wildlife. You partake in the beauty of the seasons and know the migratory patterns of local birds. On many days, your home is your office, but when you need to commute, you live close to shopping and business centers. The energy in your home comes from renewable sources such as wind and solar. Public transportation is available, convenient, and used by you and many of your neighbors. A river is nearby. It flows freely, and each winter, the rains and higher flows attract wild salmon and steelhead Oncorhynchus mykiss as they have for countless winters before.